A comparative exploration of attempts to create totalitarian regimes between 1922 and 1945 in Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, and elsewhere.
Between World War I and World War II, several major European nations, under the leadership of men such as Mussolini, Stalin and Hitler, shunned democracy to open new historic paths towards 'totalitarianism' - the ideal of state control over all aspects of citizens' lives. This paper examines the pre-history and history of the principal regimes that aspired to totalitarian rule, as well as historical interpretations of their emergence and demise.
|Paper title||Totalitarian Regimes: Europe 1922-1945|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$868.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,656.70|
- One 100-level HIST paper or 54 points
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- May not be credited together with HIST 231 passed in 2004.
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- Teaching staff
- Christopher Barber
- Course materials will be made available electronically.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Appreciation of the intellectual currents and historical circumstances favouring totalitarian styles of rule
- Understanding of the similarities and differences among historical attempts to create totalitarian regimes
- An understanding of totalitarian regimes as political experiments
- An appreciation of historical responses to systematic human atrocities
- An understanding of the historical fragility of democracy.